Farmland on the Falkland Islands extends to well over one million hectares (over 2.5 million acres), and is home to approximately 600,000 sheep. The value of wool has fluctuated in recent decades, but has been high in the last few years. Each family has a short window of time in which to shear their entire flock, up to 10,000 head of sheep.
Jon Tonks' series 'Empire' follows his journey across the South Atlantic, exploring life on four remote islands - the British Overseas Territories of Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and St. Helena - relics of the once formidable British Empire, all intertwined through their shared history.
Travelling 60,000 miles around the Atlantic over six years, Tonks spent up to a month at a time in each territory, documenting these landscapes, and within them, traces of imperial history. Writing about the series, Christopher Lord describes Tonks as hinting at 'a skewed vision of an older, distant but not-quite-departed Britain'.